Daniel Sedin’s third-period goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
Sedin took a feed from Alex Burrows at the top of the left circle and his low wrist shot beat Semyon Varlamov between the legs, with Henrik Sedin screening in front at 11:32 of the third.
The goal was Daniel Sedin’s 10th of the year but his first goal in five games and just his second in 14.
Sedin also assisted on Burrows’ first-period goal, putting him two points behind his team-leading brother at 30 points. Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins had empty-net goals.
Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots, lifting Vancouver (19-9-6) to its sixth-straight victory, moving them two points up on idle Minnesota in the Northwest Division standings.
During that stretch, Schneider has allowed just six goals, further entrenching his position as the team’s No. 1 goaltender, ahead of Roberto Luongo who awaits a possible trade before Wednesday’s deadline.
Matt Duchene scored for Colorado (11-18-4) , who has now lost four in a row and is tied for the fewest points in the NHL. Varlamov made 16 saves in the loss. Their road record dropped to 2-12-3.
Vancouver has not lost in regulation to Colorado since Oct. 3, ’09, going 18-0-2 in that stretch.
Burrows opened the scoring for the Canuck at 4:27. Daniel Sedin made a no-look backhand pass to Henrik Sedin just outside the slot and the Canucks captain found Burrows at the side of the net for an easy tap in, giving him nine goals on the year.
That was Burrows’ second goal in three games.
Colorado went on a 10-0 run in shots on goal after Burrows took a holding penalty midway through the first. The Avalanche outshot the home team 21-15 through 40 minutes.
Schneider was up to the task, making numerous key saves, including two or three stops on Jamie McGinn on the power play. With six minutes to go in the first Schneider made another good stop, coming across to rob Milan Hejduk’s one-timer after Erik Johnson made a nice move to set him up in front of the Vancouver net.
The Avs weren’t done yet. With two minutes to go in the first P.A. Parenteau had to cracks at the Canucks’ net but failed to get it past Schneider’s pad.
The second period saw little in the way of offence, but Colorado tied it up four minutes into the third.
Parenteau went behind the net and stripped two Canucks of the puck before centring for Duchesne in the slot. Though Schneider got a piece of the one-timer it beat him glove side, giving the Haliburton, Ont., native 13 goals on the year, and his first in seven games.
Vancouver began to show some signs of life again after the tying goal and at 11:32 Sedin put the Canucks up for good.
Henrik Sedin and Higgins chipped in with empty-net goals 44 seconds apart.
Notes: Colorado was without Paul Stastny (foot), Steve Downie (knee) and Ryan Wilson (ankle)aVancouver was without Keith Ballard (foot), Zack Kassian (back), Ryan Kesler (broken foot) and David Booth (ankle surgery)aColorado’s Ryan O’Reilly had a four-game point streak snapped.)